Nations and Nationalism

ISBN-10: 0801475007
ISBN-13: 9780801475009
Edition: 2nd (Revised)
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Description: This thoughtful and penetrating book, addressed to political scientists, sociologists, historians, and anthropologists, interprets nationalism in terms of its social roots, which it locates in industrial social organization. Professor Gellner  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.00
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 2/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

This thoughtful and penetrating book, addressed to political scientists, sociologists, historians, and anthropologists, interprets nationalism in terms of its social roots, which it locates in industrial social organization. Professor Gellner asserts here that a society's affluence and economic growth depend on innovation, occupational mobility, the effectiveness of the mass media, universal literacy, and an all-embracing educational system based on a shared, standard idiom. These factors, taken together, govern the relationship between culture and the state. Political units that do not conform to the principle, "one state, one culture" feel the strain in the form of nationalistic activity.

About the Authors
About this Edition
Editor's Preface to the First Edition R. I. Moore, Founding Editor
Acknowledgements for the First Edition
Introduction
Definitions
State and Nation
The Nation
Culture in Agrarian Society
Power and Culture in the Agro-literate Polity
Culture
The State in Agrarian Society
The Varieties of Agrarian Rulers
Industrial Society
The Society of Perpetual Growth
Social Genetics
The Age of Universal High Culture
The Transition to an Age of Nationalism
A Note on the Weakness of Nationalism
Wild and Garden Cultures
What is a Nation?
The Course of True Nationalism Never did Run Smooth
Social Entropy and Equality in Industrial Society
Obstacles to Entropy
Fissures and Barriers
A Diversity of Focus
A Typology of Nationalisms
The Varieties of Nationalist Experience
Diaspora Nationalism
The Future of Nationalism
Industrial Culture - One or Many?
Nationalism and Ideology
Who is for Nuremberg?
One Nation, One State
Conclusion
What is not being Said
Summary
Select Bibliography
Bibliography of Ernest Gellner's Writings on Nationalism
Index

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